Laminate came to taste to many - this inexpensive floor material is very practical and beautiful. That's just not everyone can accurately cut off even pieces of it. And it is necessary to cut, and more than once - at the end of each row, at least. So how and how to cut laminate, so that the cutting line is pleasing to the eye - consider the methods and tools that can be used for cutting laminate.
The laminated saw is, of course, sawed, but it is not very suitable for such work. After all, the teeth of a hacksaw, designed for woodwork, are eerily large, and the top film of the floor covering is so thin. That and look - ugly traces will remain from these teeths. Yes, and sawing with a hacksaw the pressed structure of the laminate is rather heavy. Hands get tired.
To get a better result, we arm ourselves with a hacksaw with fine teeth. For example, a hacksaw designed for cutting metal may well be suitable. Chips on the cut can be avoided, but it will be harder to cut with a small-toothed hacksaw than with a tool for woodworking. However, if you do not intend to cut laminate in large quantities, then this method is suitable. The quality of the cut, of course, is not perfect, but quite tolerable.
And here are the promised little tricks: before you cut, put a piece of painting tape on this place. If you do this, then chips are not formed at the cut-off point. And the laminate board should be put face up. And to make the cut smooth and clean, the hacksaw must have small, frequent teeth.
Since the laminate is pressed using special mechanisms, then, naturally, it is better not to cut it manually, but with an electric tool.
For example, an electric machine is quite suitable for this, (saber saw), which is increasingly used by home craftsmen.
It’s good if you have a jigsaw at home equipped with a file for wooden surfaces.
Using this tool is the best option.
Before cutting, mark the cutting line with a pencil, and then cut the laminated film with a knife or an awl. Now tightly clamp the board (face down).
The speed of the power tool must be high. It is necessary to try to cut quite smoothly, without tugging on a jigsaw, in order to avoid chipping. Being accustomed, it is possible to cut laminate boards quickly and neatly. Moreover, an excellent result is obtained when cutting both along and across the board. It seems that the answer to the question, the better to cut the laminate, is clear - of course with an electric jigsaw.
And you can also cut the laminate with a circular saw, equipping it with a disk for work on metal. At the same time, we put the prepared for the cut and marked board on some flat plane. Laminated film should not be from below, as when working with a jigsaw, but from above. Slowly and smoothly moving the "circular" disk along the cutting line, we get a smooth and high-quality cut surface. During operation, the disc does not get stuck in the laminate.
But for those who have never taken such a tool into their hands, it will be difficult to be used to it. It is necessary to put a lot of effort and effort to achieve the desired result. By acquiring a knack over time, it will be possible to cut laminate very quickly and efficiently. But this process requires patience.
If you haven’t previously cut other materials with this tool, you'd better prefer the jigsaw.
This cutter is a bit like a guillotine. The sharpest knife, falling from the top, instantly cuts the laminate, like butter. The cut line is perfect and as accurate as possible. That's just to cut this tool can only across the boards. And if you need to cut the floorboard along, then again turn to one of the methods described above.
In addition, this cutter is very expensive, so buying it can be beneficial only to professionals who are engaged in laying laminate flooring on an ongoing basis. If you just want to change the floor in a couple of rooms in your apartment, then you are unlikely to make such a purchase.
Important: in any method it is better to measure it several times, and then cut it - then. As a rule, laminate buy a little more than it turned out according to the calculations. It takes into account that you have to cut some boards, and then dock them correctly.